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  • ICSE Board Class X Biology

    Board Paper 2015 (Two Hours)

    General Instructions: Total Marks: 80

    1. Answers to this paper must be written on the paper provided separately.

    2. You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes. This time is to be spent in

    reading the question paper.

    3. The time given at the head of the paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.

    4. Attempt all questions from Section I and any four questions form Section II.

    5. The intended marks of questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].

    SECTION I (40 Marks)

    Attempt all questions from this Section

    Question (1-5): Name the following:

    1. The process of uptake of mineral ions against the concentration gradient using

    energy form cell.

    2. The form in which glucose in stored in liver.

    3. The vein that carries oxygenated blood.

    4. The cross between two parents having one pair of contrasting characters.

    5. The structure formed by the villi of the embryo and the uterus of the mother [5]

    Question (6-10): The Statements given below are false. Rewrite the correct form of the

    statement by changing the word which is underlined:

    6. Alpha cells of pancreas secrete Insulin.

    7. Formalin is an example of an Antiseptic.

    8. CNG is mainly responsible for the formation of acid rain.

    9. Sulphadiazine is an example of an Antiseptic.

    10. Cretinism is caused due to deficiency of Adrenaline. [5]

    Question (11-15): Choose the correct answer from the four options given below:

    11. A single highly coiled tube where sperms are stored, gets concentrated and

    mature us known as:

    A. Epididymis

  • B. Vas efferentia

    C. Vas deferens

    D. Seminiferous tubule

    12. Chromosomes get aligned at the centre of the cell during:

    A. Metaphase

    B. Anaphase

    C. Prophase

    D. Telophase

    13. BCG vaccine is effective against:

    A. Cholera

    B. Mumps

    C. Tuberculosis

    D. Measles

    14. Which one of the following associated with the maintenance of the posture?

    A. Cerebrum

    B. Cerebellum

    C. Thalamus

    D. Pons

    15. An example of non-biodegradable waste is :

    A. Vegetable peels

    B. Sewage

    C. Livestock waste

    D. DDT [5]

    Question (16-20): Mention the exact location of the following structures:

    16. Thylakoid

    17. Organ of Corti

    18. Lenticels

    19. Bicuspid value

    20. Loop of Henle


    Question (21-24): The diagram given below a certain stage of mitosis:

  • 21. Identify the stage of cell division.

    22. Name the parts labelled A and B

    23. What is the unique feature observed in this stage?

    24. How many daughter cells are formed from this type of cell division? [5]

    Question (25-29): Given below is an example of a certain structure and its special functional

    activity. On a similar pattern fill in the blanks with suitable functions: Example: Chloroplast and


    25. Xylem and _______.

    26. Ciliary body and _________.

    27. Seminiferous Tubule and _________.

    28. Thyroid gland and _________.

    29. Eustachian Tube and _________. [5]

    Question (30-34): Rewrite and complete the following sentences by inserting the correct word

    in the space indicated:

    30. The phenomenon of loss of water through a cut stem or injured part of plant is

    called __________.

    31. __________ is the scientific name of garden pea, which Mendel used for his


    32. A fluid that occupies the larger cavity of the eye ball behind the lens is


    33. Oxygen combines with haemoglobin present in RBC and forms ___________.

    34. _________ causes corrosion of the marble or brick surface. [5]

    35. Match the items in Column A with those which are most appropriate in

    Column B. Rewrite the matching pairs as shown in the example:

    Example: Fibrinogen Clotting of blood.

    Column A Column B

    (1) Allele (a) Control of automobile exhaust

  • (2) Leydig cells (b) Tourniquet

    (3) Utricle (c) Alternate forms of genes

    (4) Snake bite (d) Dynamic equilibrium

    (5) Euro IV norms (e) Testosterone

    (f) Sudden change in genes

    (g) Static equilibrium


    SECTION II (40 Marks)

    Attempt any four questions from this Section

    Question (36-41): The diagram below shows two test-tubes A and B. Test-tube A contains a

    green water plant. Test-Tube B contains both a green water plant and a snail. Both test-tubes

    are kept in sunlight. Answer the questions that follow:

    36. Name the physiological process that releases the bubbles of oxygen.

    37. Explain the physiological process as mentioned above in 36.

    38. What is the purpose of keeping a snail in test-tube B?

    39. Why does test-tube B have more bubbles of oxygen?

    40. Given an example of a water plant that can be used in the above process.

    41. Write the overall chemical equation for the above process. [5]

    Question (42-51): Give the biological/technical terms for the following:

    42. A mixture of smoke and fog.

    43. Capacity of our body to resist disease.

    44. Fixing of developing zygote on the uterine wall.

    45. The permanent stoppage of menstruation at about the age of 45 years in a


    46. The hormone increasing reabsorption of water by kidney tubules.

    47. A thin membrane covering the entire front part of the eye.

    48. The lens of eye losing flexibility resulting in a kind of long-sightedness in middle

    aged people.


  • 49. The number of persons living square kilometer at any given time.

    50. The sound produced when the atrio-ventricular valves close in the heart.

    51. The process by which white blood cells engulf bacteria.


    Question (52-57): An apparatus as shown below was set up to investigate a physiological

    process in plants. The setup was kept in sunlight for two hours. Droplets of water were then

    seen inside the bell jar. Answer the questions that follow:

    52. Name the process being studied.

    53. Explain the process named above in 52.

    54. Why was the pot covered with a plastic sheet?

    55. Suggest a suitable control for this experiment.

    56. Mention two ways in which this process is beneficial to plants.

    57. List three adaptations in plants to reduce the above mentioned process. [5]

    Question (58-62): Briefly answer the following questions: 58. State two reasons for the increase of population in India. 59. What is the significance of amniotic fluid? 60. What is the function of ear ossicles? 61. Mention any two activities of the WHO. 62. State Mendels law of Dominance. [5]

    Question (63-67): The diagrams given below are cross sections of blood vessels:

  • 63. Identify the blood vessels A, B and C.

    64. Name the parts labelled 1 to 3.

    65. Name the type of blood that flows through A.

    66. Mention one structural difference between A and B.

    67. In which of the above vessels does exchange of gases actually take place? [5]

    Question (68-72): Differentiate between the following pairs on the basis of what is mentioned

    within brackets:

    68. Diffusion and Osmosis (Definition)

    69. RBC and WBC (Shape)

    70. Tubectomy and Vasectomy (Part cut and tied)

    71. Vasopressin and Insulin (Deficiency disorder)

    72. Rods and Cones of Retina (Type of pigment) [5]

    Question (73-77): The diagram given below shows a section of human kidney. Study the

    diagram carefully and answer the questions that follow:

    73. Label the parts numbered 1 to 4.

    74. Why does part 2 have a striped appearance?

    75. What is the fluid that passes down 4? Name the main nitrogenous waste

    present in it.

    76. Mention the structural and functional units of kidneys.

    77. Name the two major steps in the formation of the fluid mentioned in 75.


    Question (78-79): Draw neat and labelled diagrams of the following:

    78. Malpighian Capsule

    79. Myelinated neuron

  • Question (80-82): The diagram given below shows the male urinogenital system of a human

    being. Study the diagram and answer the questions that follow:

    80. Label the parts numbered 1 to 8.

    81. Name the corresponding structure of part (4) in